23rd February 2015
US: New Defence Secretary backs calls to end ban on trans people in the military
11:39 AM — The new US Defence Secretary has voiced support for calls to end the ban on transgender people serving in the military.
24th November 2014
US: Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel resigns 1
6:04 PM — US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has pushed forward equal benefits for gay people serving in the military, has announced his resignation.
21st June 2014
Tristram Hunt: Textbooks that teach homosexuality is a choice are ‘dangerous’ and ‘backward’ 43
5:30 PM — Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has attacked the use of "dangerous" textbooks in British schools that teach homosexuality is a choice.
11th June 2012
Liam Fox MP undecided on ‘elite’ issue of marriage for gay couples 69
12:54 PM — The former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, who resigned last year over the questioned raised about his relationship with lobbyist Adam Werrity, has described equal marriage rights as an issue prioritised by the 'metropolitan elite'.
5th December 2011
Philippines health official criticised for suggesting “homosexual children” be “reined in” 5
11:13 AM — The Philippines Health Secretary has been criticised after saying at an AIDS conference that parents of gay children should be surveyed and warned about their children's behaviour. Enrique Ona said parents "should rein in their homosexual children and get them tested".
9th November 2011
National homophobic bullying charity launches in London 19
2:03 PM — The Home Secretary delivered a speech at Westminster wishing the organisation well on tackling homophobia and transphobia in schools.
27th October 2011
Gay and lesbian troops sue US federal government 15
4:28 PM — A group of married gay and lesbian troops are suing the US federal government for denying them the recognition, benefits and family support granted to heterosexual service members. The lawsuit was filed today in Boston and says the federal government, through the Defence of Marriage Act, violates their constitutional rights.
26th October 2011
Commonwealth Secretary General backs gay rights 24
3:44 PM — The Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma, spoke out for gay rights yesterday in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth People's Forum.
8th September 2011
Video: US Department of Interior posts ‘It Gets Better’ clip 3
9:21 AM — The US Department of the Interior has become the latest US government department to make an 'It Gets Better' film to give support to LGBT teenagers.
28th January 2011
Ugandan lesbian asylum seeker wins last minute reprieve from deportation from UK 22
11:59 PM — Solicitors acting for a Ugandan lesbian who was due to be deported from the United Kingdom earlier this evening have said that she has won a temporary reprieve of in advance of a fresh court appeal.
Gay campaigners hope for reprieve for Ugandan asylum seeker 14
5:49 PM — Gay rights campaigners are hoping that a lesbian Ugandan woman will be spared deportation from the UK this evening. Brenda Namigadde is to be placed on a plane at 9.20pm after the UK Border Agency decided that she had no right to remain in the UK, as there was not enough evidence to show she is gay.
27th January 2011
Another gay couple sue B&B which turned them away 46
11:46 AM — A second gay couple are suing a bed and breakfast which barred them from sharing a room. Michael Black, 63, and John Morgan, 58, have begun legal proceedings against the Swiss B&B in Berkshire, after owners Susanne and Mike Wilkinson denied them a double room last March.
7th December 2010
Video: Gay MP Nick Herbert accidentally swears in House of Commons 15
1:42 AM — The openly gay justice minister, Nick Herbert, accidentally used the most offensive swear word in the English language in the House of Commons yesterday. It came just hours after two BBC presenters accidentally used the same word in reference to the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt.
23rd November 2010
Pentagon: No gay soldiers fired this month 2
10:46 AM — No US troops have been fired for being gay in the last month, the Pentagon has said. Last month, defence secretary Robert Gates tightened the rules on dismissals, placing the power to sack out gay troops in the hands of just three officials.
19th November 2010
Ray Collins and Michael Bishop to become peers
2:02 PM — Labour Party general secretary Ray Collins and businessman Michael Bishop, who are both gay, are to become peers. They were on the list of 54 new working peers announced by Downing Street today.
17th November 2010
Campaign for Homosexual Equality secretary Griffith Vaughan Williams dies 6
9:25 AM — The secretary of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, Griffith Vaughan Williams, has died at the age of 70. Mr Williams, known as Griff, became involved in gay rights work in 1964 and was a leading member of CHE from its earliest days.
4th February 2010
Colin Powell says Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be repealed 14
12:59 PM — Former US secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff chairman Colin Powell has said he thinks the military gay ban should be repealed. Powell was previously in favour of the 1993 ban and helped pass the legislation.